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Meet the New KU AAP Student Services Team (Part 2)

The KU AAP Dream Team 

With the recent addition of David, Eliza, and Ousmane to the Student Services Advisors team, we thought it was fitting to rename the team to the “KU AAP Dream Team”.

Continue reading to learn about each one of our new teammates, and discover how they graduated our team to “dream” status.

David Ramirez


David comes from Mexico, and earned his Master’s degree in Music Performance as a Fulbright Scholar at KU.

As a Student Services Advisor, he is in charge of creating a successful experience for KU AAP students and helping them get the best from the University of Kansas.

“I was trained as a musician, so I care deeply about finding ways to engage and communicate with people. The KU AAP, so rich in diversity, provides the best ground to nurture those skills!” 

Eliza Taitelieva


Eliza is from Kyrgyzstan. She is a proud Fulbright Scholar Graduate and pursued her Master’s degree in Global and International Studies at the University of Kansas.

Eliza serves to promote and create an atmosphere conducive for an open and beneficial exchange of knowledge.

“Being an international student, and becoming a Jayhawk fan along the way, has been both a great life experience and a challenging task! Today, I am delighted to work with the KU AAP to help international students succeed academically an socially.”

Ousmane Diop


Ousmane holds Master degrees in International Studies from Ohio University and in Applied Linguistics from Université Gaston Berger (Saint-Louis, Senegal).

Ousmane works in developing programs to further promote learning and social integration through tutoring, mentorship, and sports. He also participates in creating spaces for interaction and exchange to accelerate students’ English proficiency and their sense of community.

“The KU AAP provides an altar for the support of internationals in their transitional phase from home to KU’s campus, a better understanding of the quilt of American culture ,and the acquisition of more proficient language skills necessary for academic excellence.”


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